Lose Weight During Menopause

Today I wanted to take a moment to talk to those women in their late 40’s early fifties who are going through menopause.

I have actually been going through menopause for the past 5 years. I actually lost my period for about 9 months and thought I was finally done, but then this year I started getting it again every 2 months. Menopause is not predictable, nor is it fun.

Today I wanted to address one of the biggest issues with women who are going through menopause. The issue I’m talking about is weight gain or the inability to lose weight during and after menopause. It’s almost as if our own bodies are fighting us. The pounds don’t want to drop. I know. I’ve been there.

The good news is YOU can lose weight during menopause. I know, because I’m doing it and I can show you how to do the same.

My story…

I was a bit scared to age because I had heard all of the terrible things that you hear about like night sweats, low sex drive, vaginal pain during sex, and hormones being out of wack. Plus the weight gain. Basically, we get gross and ugly. Right?

I was pretty fortunate in that I really didn’t have any night sweats or hormonal problems and I didn’t lose my sex drive. But I did have problems with my hair turning stringy and boring looking. My gray was coming in all even and my skin was always dry and flaky.

But my biggest problem is the weight gain. Menopause sucks!

Over the last 5 years or so it didn’t matter how much I worked out and how low my calories intake was, I seemed to keep holding onto my weight. It was frustrating because I was eating lots of fruits, veggies. Little or no fat. And I was still gaining.

It wasn’t until I discovered that I was doing it all wrong. I learned that I actually needed to give my body more fat in order to turn it into a fat burning machine.

You can read more about my high fat story here.

It wasn’t until I discovered eating a low carb high fat diet back in March. Now 20 pounds later I feel amazing. And this is no exaggeration!

Yes, seeing the pounds drop is fun, but it isn’t really just about the weight loss. I have had some pretty unexpected results happen to me.

Here are a few…

  • No more joint pain:  I don’t have any joint pain at all. This is huge because my knees and hands used to have really bad joint pain. And they would crack when I would bend down to pick something up. It is almost as if my joints have been greased or lubricated. I just feel loose and relaxed.
  • No more stomach problems: It seemed like it was always something. I never really felt good. Sometimes I would have heartburn. Other times upset stomach with diarrhea and then I would be constipated. I never know what my stomach would do from one day to the next. Now I am regular and don’t have any problems at all.
  • No more mood swings:  I am not nearly as emotional as I used to be. I used to be almost manic. My doctor actually wanted to put me on Prozac in order to help me with my stress and anxiety. But since eating low carb and eliminating sugar from my diet, I no longer have mood swings. I mean none at all. Not even if I have my period. This makes my partner really happy. He didn’t enjoy living with a “crazy” woman.
  • Sinus problems are gone: I can sleep soundly and never wake up feeling like I need to breathe through my mouth. I rarely even need to use my allergy medication.

Weight loss has been easier than ever. I always heard it was hard to lose weight when you are over fifty, but I have found that eating a low carb high fat diet has changed my life.

What about you? Have you found it difficult to lose weight during menopouse?

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14 thoughts on “Lose Weight During Menopause”

  1. Hi, I still have some time till I get 50, but I too struggle to shed some pounds. I still need to lose some of the baby weight and I can’t, although I, like you, eat only fruit and veggies, soups and yoghurt.
    I am willing to give this Low Carb, High Fat diet a try, especially if the meals are easy and quick to prepare.
    That is the hardest for me to stick to a diet, preparing the dishes. I have small children and I need to be able to eat something quick, I don’t have more time.
    I would keep you posted how it goes.
    All the best

    1. I look forward to hearing about how it’s going Ellie! Some easy meals for me are a salad with oil and vinegar or an egg prepared any way you like. I always have hard boiled eggs in the fridge for a quick meal as well.

  2. This article gives me some idea regarding my next talk topic about weight loss topic for family health. After I go through your article, the most interesting information is, there is no really bad complication during the menopause even after practicing the weight lost ways like you recommended. However, there are lot of health aspect that we should consider especially when we entering the menopause, our body by physiologically affected by the hormonal changes after the menopause. Nice.

  3. This is really great information for people looking to lose some weight during menopause. I know a lot of women struggle with this and think there is no hope. It is awesome that you wrote this article for those people and I hope it helps many women looking to drop some fat in the later stages of life. Keep up the good work.

    1. Yes it is really diffiucult for women to lose weight during menopause. But eating differently has made all the difference in the world.

  4. Hi Wendy, I have been on your website for some time now and I must say pretty interesting stuff. Congratulations on losing weight during menopause as that can be a frustrating thing to do. You mentioned eating high fat, low carbs. Is it possible to share some recipes with us, or just to say a bit more? I am doing pretty much the same thing and would love to hear more from you on this topic. I do enjoy reading your posts. Thanks for taking the time.

  5. Thank you so much for this article! I will fortunately never have to deal with menopause but my body is starting to change even add i approach 40.

    More people need to blog about health and fast lad as people age. Our bodies are different and have different requirements.

    Are you familiar with the 4 hour body?

  6. Wow, really honest story. I didn’t know that you women need go through so much trouble. It is so easy to judge, when someone sees a fat person, but no one would really understand that real problem. We don’t know other person’s struggles until we don’t walk in others shoes.
    Your story might encourage a lot of women. Thank you for being so honest and sharing your story. I loved additional information for diet – health benefits.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by. I do hope that the information helps to reach those who are struggling with diet and weight loss during menopause.

  7. Excellent post. I remember my mother going through a lot of struggles when she went through menopause, including struggling with her weight. She continuously felt she was gaining weight with different pains all over her body. I’ll tell her about this diet and to check this site out. Thank you for the information!

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